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Team Canada member triumphs at triathlon - a teacher's story

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Upper School Phys. Ed faculty member Bruce Gill joined his fellow Canadians in a grueling physical challenge that will not soon be forgotten.  Here is a first hand account of a remarkable journey with our very own Mr. Gill emerging victorious. 




As a young boy I dreamt of playing hockey for Les Canadiens and Team Canada. The reality of that dream was shattered at an early age. It wasn’t until the summer of 2015 (50 years later) that I qualified to represent my country in my Age Group (60-64) in my sport of choice, triathlons, at the 2016 Grand Final in Cozumel, Mexico, Standard (Olympic) Distance. This dream of being able to represent Canada was realized recently on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

The race itself was very tough under trying conditions of heat (32C), humidity (95%), and a water temperature of 29C while having to swim against a current from which many had to be “rescued”. The percentage of racers staggering to and collapsing at the finish line was unique.

The beauty of the race was actually in all of the people I got to meet before the actual event, not only from Team Canada but from around the world, many of whom I hope will continue to be a part of my life. Don’t give up on your dream no matter what it may be; make it happen!

Thank you Mrs. Daunt and Mr. Auld for allowing me to have been the proudest member of Team Canada and to all of the students, staff, and parents for your wonderful support. Thank you Corina! Be loud, be proud!

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